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Sondra and John Bromka surrounded by their instruments...

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SUMMER PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, 2017

Saturday June 10, 2017 12:00 Noon
William B. Ogden Free Library
42 Gardiner Place, Walton, NY
"Music Along the Canal" Family Concert +
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Singalong Storytelling Theater"

“Music along the Canal” brings to life the sounds and stories of the immigrants who came here during the canal era through their music, instruments, costumes and dances. Hear the music again on our collection of historic instruments, including Irish harp, bagpipes, bodhran, pennywhistles, hurdy gurdy, banjo, squeezeboxes, and more. Participatory fun for the whole family, the hour-long show will begin at noon, and it is free! http://libraries.4cls.org/walton/

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2017
All weekends beginning July 1-2, thru final weekend August 12-13

Bells & Motley's **41th Year** of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1976! --- We'll have four different concerts each day beginning at noon at the Applewood Stage, where our unique and wondrous Historical Instrumentarium Museum will be open for your pleasure! And every faire day at 1:30, Bells & Motley offer a historic dance instruction session on the green for your participation. Beginners and old-timers all welcome! Come kick up your heels, make new friends! www.sterlingfaire.com

Wednesday July 26, 2017 3:30-5:00
Speculator Village Pavilion
Rt.30 Speculator, NY
"Music Along the Canal" Family Concert +
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Singalong Storytelling Theater"

Lake Pleasant Library in Speculator is sponsoring a back to back program in the Village Pavilion honoring the anniversary of the Grand Erie Canal! “Music along the Canal” brings to life the sounds of the immigrants who came here during the canal era through their music, instruments, costumes and dances. Hear the music again on our collection of historic instruments, including Irish harp, bagpipes, bodhran, pennywhistles, hurdy gurdy, banjo, squeezeboxes, and more.
That will be followed by a performance of our Singalong Musical Theater piece "15 Miles on the Erie Canal." Fun for the whole family, the program begins at 3:30, and it is free. Rain or Shine! http://lakepleasantlibrary.sals.edu

Thursday July 27, 2017 6:00 pm
B.E. Strong Memorial Library
West Main Street, Turin, NY
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Singalong Musical Theater

This participatory Folk Operetta celebrates the 200th Anniversary of New York's Grand Erie Canal! It is vibrant with authentic historic instruments, music, costumes, tall tales, sing-alongs, and canal characters for an unforgettable experience in New York State's History. Heritage instruments include squeezeboxes, fiddle, banjo, and hurdy gurdy. Library: (315) 348-6433 www.turinlibrary.org

Saturday August 19, 2017 1:00-4:00
Gems Along the Mohawk Outdoor Amphitheater
800 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY
"Music Along the Canal"

Enjoy canal-era music performed in sparkling 19th century style on a rare collection of vintage instruments including hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, Irish harp, early squeezeboxes, canal boat horn and even more. This interactive presentation will also feature abundant singing, stories behind the music and an up-close exploration of the instruments, including some historic oddities re-created by artist John Bromka himself! Bells & Motley pass on the inspiration of art, historic preservation and participation for folks of all ages.
See also "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Along the Canal" below, November 4, 2017...

New York State Fair, Syracuse NY
August 23-27, 30, 31 and September 2, 2017
Witter Agricultural Museum
NYS Heritage instruments and music will be featured, as we pay a heartfelt musical tribute to our local history. This superb agricultural museum has always been an inspiring part of our childhood upbringing, our historic musical work, and now as adults, towards our 1830's home restoration project in Marcellus, and ever-growing heritage gardens! Come visit us during those 8 days - playing at 1:00 and 3:00

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Saugerties NY
Saturday & Sunday September 30 + October 1, 2017
In its 26th year, we are excited to be invited back to perform once again both days at this prime garlic marketplace & festival! It is always such a great time, with grand entertainments -and as an added bonus, John's Morris Team the Binghamton Morris Men join with the Bowerie Boys to perform rustic English dances in celebration of the harvest. Daily admission $10. hvgf.org

Saturday November 4, 2017
"Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Along the Canal"
A 19th Century Thanksgiving Dinner with Bells & Motley
6:30 at Miner's Table Restaurant, Route 28 Herkimer, NY

Join us for a traditional 19th century Thanksgiving Dinner as we celebrate the anniversary of the Erie Canals "Wedding of the Waters". Courses will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm at the Miners' Table Restaurant, Rt. 28, Herkimer. Following a multi course dinner, enjoy canal era music performed in sparkling 19th century style, on a rare collections of vintage instruments. This interactive presentation will also feature abundant singing and stories behind the music. Bells & Motley pass on the inspiration of art, historic preservation and participation. Attend this unique event in 19th century clothing and enjoy a complimentary beverage. Reservations are required and tickets are available at Gems Along The Mohawk beginning June 1, 2017 until October 25th 2017. Tickets are $45 each.
www.gemsalongthemohawk.com

Check back again -- more performances in the works!


WINTER PERFORMANCES, as presented in 2016

Friday December 9, 2016 6:30
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Free Concert
Seneca Falls Library, Seneca Falls NY

Come join in this celebration of the warmest and richest traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas!! Our program will knit together the young, old, shy & bold, and all manner of historic musical instruments in the perfect setting to please the eye, ear, and heart. Harp, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, button accordeon, and all manner of historic bowed and plucked instruments, some built by John Bromka himself.
Location: 47 Cayuga St, Seneca Falls
For information: 315-568-8265, www.senecafallslibrary.org

Saturday & Sunday December 10-11, 2016 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Christmas Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site that Bells & Motley have called our special Christmas home since 1986! This is an open house event, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era. Our historic holiday music fills the corridors and chambers of this fine estate, decorated to the nines in celebration of this year's holiday theme- "Dreaming of a White Christmas" We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare, with bells on!.... $6 for adults, $1 children 12 and under. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Friday December 16, 2016 6:30-8:30
Bells & Motley "Christmas Around the World & Across Time"
New Lebanon Library, New Lebanon NY

The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of Christmas traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the hurdy gurdy, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and much more.
Location: 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon NY
For information: 518-794-8844, www.newlebanonlibrary.org

Saturday December 17, 2016 2:00-3:00
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Free Concert
Onondaga Hill Free Library, Syracuse NY

The duo Bells & Motley Olden Music offer a celebration of the warmest and richest musical traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas! The program will bring together many historic bowed and plucked musical instruments (some built by John Bromka himself, one-half of this dynamic duo) which is sure to please the eye, ear and heart. Folks of all ages enjoy this delightful spirit of Christmas camaraderie at its best, with a hearty & profound thanks to you folks who join us at this event each year! Huzzah!
Location: 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Onondaga Hill
For information: 315-492-1727, www.oflibrary.org

Saturday January 21, 2017   6:00-9:00 pm
Our Annual Robbie Burns Birthday Celebration Dinner
Brae Loch Inn, 5 Albany St. Cazenovia, NY

Mid-Winter Pageantry, Scottish Music and Traditions -- Our 29th Year!
Start an annual January tradition of Scottish music and pageantry with Bells & Motley ~ In this grand celebration of our Celtic musical roots, John and Sondra will be singing and playing the whole night upon the harp, northumbrian bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, and more. Highlights of the evening include the "Ode to Haggis" celebration as it is paraded in grandest style reekin' 'round the room. This is an incredibly warm and wondrous evening of music, traditions, and pageantry- the kind of stuff we've been made of all these years! For extra fun, begin your evening with a cocktail and music snuggled close-up in front of the fireplace starting at 6:00. www.braelochinn.com/special-events/burns-night




A SAMPLING OF PERFORMANCES, EARLIER IN 2016

Friday April 15, 2016
Celebrate Shakespeare's 400th! Renaissance Music & Dance
Onondaga Community College, Syracuse NY

11:15-12:15 College Hour On the Quad

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2016
All weekends beginning July 2-3, thru final weekend August 13-14

Bells & Motley's **40th Year** of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1976! --- We'll have four different concerts each day at the Applewood Stage, where our unique and wondrous Historical Instrumentarium Museum will be open for your pleasure! And every faire day at high noon, Bells & Motley offer a historic dance instruction session on the green for your participation. Beginners and old-timers all welcome! Come kick up your heels! www.sterlingfaire.com

Tuesday July 12, 2016
Thornden Park Carriage House, Syracuse, NY
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Every year, Bells & Motley work intensively with a group of children on the music, instruments, and dance of Shakespeare's theater. This year's theme: Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." Program begins 10:00 AM. Pre-Registration required.

August 10, 17*, 24, 27*, 28*, 2016
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Community Musical Folk Pageant
Jordanville Public Library, 189 Main St, Jordanville NY

Music was an integral part of life & recreation for the men and women working the canal, and Sondra and John’s historic pageant draws in the community as active participants. Folks are invited to bring their own stringed instruments (or harmonicas, accordions, ... also welcome :-) and thus become part of the band, and of course all will be gathered to sing along. Through a series of workshops, the goal will be to bring together travelers and residents as collaborators in a featured finale musical theatre performance - to enjoy each other's good company, talents, and maybe even participate themselves! Leading up to the finale performance, folks may opt to take part in a Tale Writing workshop, and perform your own Tale as part of this event. All ages welcome. For Information, inquiries, or to claim a place as participating musician, singer, or the Tall Tale Team: Contact Bells & Motley, or Laurie Crockett, Library Director & Project Partner 315-858-2874 Laurie leads music workshops on Aug. 10+24; the Bromkas join August 17, 27, 28 Find details & complete schedule at www.midyorklib.org/jordanville Note: reservations are helpful for planning, but not required! Free!

Saturday August 20, 2016
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Renaissance Day!
475 Moe Rd, Clifton Park, Saratoga Co.

This Library Renaissance Faire Day opens at 11:00 am with a Bells & Motley Olden Music Concert, followed by up-close exploration of our instruments, ushering in a magical day of period performers and demonstrations. See www.cphlibrary.org for schedule and details.

Thursday-Saturday August 25, 26, 27, 2016
New York State Fair, Syracuse NY
Witter Agricultural Museum

NYS Heritage instruments and music will be featured, as we pay a heartfelt musical tribute to our local history. This superb agricultural museum has always been an inspiring part of our childhood upbringing, our historic musical work, and now as adults, towards our 1830's home restoration project in Marcellus, and ever-growing heritage gardens! Come visit us, and enjoy our 2 shows each day:
Thursday August 25 at 1:00 & 3:00
Friday August 26 at 1:00 & 3:00
Saturday August 27 at 11:00 & 1:00


Sunday September 18, 2016
Westcott Street Cultural Festival, Syracuse, NY
"The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind" A Singalong Musical Storytelling Performance for all Ages

Look forward to an energetic, meaningful, & interactive tandem storytelling experience underscored with live music, resonant with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation. The Festival runs from Noon-6:30, and Bells & Motley is currently set to perform on the lawn outside Petit Library 4:25-5:00. www.westcottstreetfair.org.

Saturday & Sunday October 1 + 2, 2016
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Saugerties NY

In its 26th year, we are excited to be invited back to perform once again both days at this prime garlic marketplace & festival! It is always such a great time, with grand entertainments -and as an added bonus, John's Morris Team the Binghamton Morris Men join with the Bowerie Boys to perform rustic English dances in celebration of the harvest. Daily admission $10. hvgf.org

SPRING 2016 = ARTS-IN-EDUCATION SEASON

Bells & Motley's School Performance and Residency season! School-artist collaborations, interdisciplinary arts residencies, and participatory storytelling performances on various themes, supporting curriculum for grade levels K-12. Currently enjoying presenting our "Common Culture in Shakespeare's Time" multidisciplinary residency, which includes participatory music, dance, art history, student sonnet writing and theatrical performance. Ask for more information regarding available dates, other program themes we offer.


WINTER SEASON 2015-2016

Monday November 30, 2015 7:00 pm
"Mark Twain's 180th Birthday Celebration"
Historic Cowles Hall, Elmira College, Elmira NY

The evening includes a lecture presentation "Revisiting Mark Twain's Writings For, and About Children," a Birthday Cake, and a festive musical party of period music & instruments in his honor. www.elmira.edu

Sunday December 6, 2015 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Christmas Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site that Bells & Motley have called our special Christmas home since 1986! This is an open house event, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era. Our historic holiday music fills the corridors and chambers of this fine estate, decorated to the nines in celebration of this year's inspired theme: The Nutcracker! We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare, with bells on!.... $6 for adults, $1 children 12 and under. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Saturday December 12, 2015 Party begins at 3:00, Dancing 5:00-6:30
"Fezziwig's Old Time Christmas Celebration" - Open Mic, Dancing, Potluck Open House
Kellish Hill Music Farm, 3192 Pompey Center Rd, Manlius NY

Come dance with John at Fezziwig's Ball, in the fanciest historic barn you'll ever see. It will be Dickens, Christmas, and English Country Dance all at once! He will be working with musician John Harnois, along with 3 of our favorite costumed core dancers from Sterling Renaissance, to teach you our favorite historic dances on the spot. Victorian attire is encouraged. Though not required, here's your opportunity to add some extra color, and be a true Fezziwig Companion! You won't be alone in your festive attire, that's a promise! Before the dancing will be a Christmas open mic, and afterwards a festive potluck at 7:30. Donations requested for music/dance portion, and another to the Farm to cover the food and to keep the music flowing on the Hill. See www.kellishhillfarm.com.

Saturday December 19, 2015 2:00-3:00
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Free Concert
Onondaga Hill Free Library, Syracuse NY

Come join in this celebration of the warmest and richest traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas!! Our program will knit together the young, old, shy & bold, and all manner of historic musical instruments in the perfect setting to please the eye, ear, and heart. Harp, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, button accordeon, and all manner of historic bowed and plucked instruments, some built by John Bromka himself. Refreshments follow the concert. Don't miss this delightful spirit of Christmas camaraderie at its best, with a hearty thanks to you folks who join us each year!
Location: 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Onondaga Hill
For information: 315-492-1727, www.oflibrary.org

Sunday January 3, 2016   10:00 am start
Bells & Motley Music at Sunday Lessons & Carols Service
St. David's Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive Fayetteville NY 13066
We invite you to join us in our beloved church for a very special Lessons & Carols service. Bells & Motley will play a selection of their most favorite music for the season, alternating with a combined choir that features singers of St. Davids, St Albans, and St. Emmanuel Episcopal Churches, directed by Joel Barnett, with Ian Kirpatrick on organ. All are very welcome! (Plus - it's Sondra's birthday!) Service begins at 10:00, and after the service, do please stay and enjoy eachothers' company at coffee hour. So happy to be doing this again! (To find the church - across from Wegman's in Dewitt/Fayetteville, take Maple Drive about 1/3 of a mile, turn right on Jamar Drive, and it's at the end of one short block.

Saturday January 23, 2016   6:00-9:00 pm
Our Annual Robbie Burns Birthday Celebration Dinner
Brae Loch Inn, 5 Albany St. Cazenovia, NY

Mid-Winter Pageantry, Scottish Music and Traditions -- Our 28th Year!
Start an annual January tradition of Scottish music and pageantry with Bells & Motley ~ In this grand celebration of our Celtic musical roots, John and Sondra will be singing and playing the whole night upon the harp, northumbrian bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, and more. Highlights of the evening include the "Ode to Haggis" celebration as it is paraded in grandest style reekin' 'round the room. This is an incredibly warm and wondrous evening of music, traditions, and pageantry- the kind of stuff we've been made of all these years! For extra fun, begin your evening with a cocktail and music snuggled close-up in front of the fireplace starting at 6:00. www.braelochinn.com/special-events/burns-night


SUMMER-FALL 2015

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2015
All weekends beginning July 4-5, thru final weekend August 15-16

Bells & Motley's 39th year of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1976! --- We'll have four different concerts each day at the Applewood Stage, where our unique and wondrous Historical Instrumentarium Museum will be open for your pleasure! And every faire day at high noon, Bells & Motley offer a historic dance instruction session on the green behind the Shipwreck Stage for your participation. Beginners and old-timers all welcome! Come kick up your heels! www.sterlingfaire.com

Fridays June 12, 19, 6:00-7:15 and Saturdays June 13, 20, 5:30-7:15
Onondaga Historical Association's "Ghostwalk"
at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse NY
John Bromka will be acting in one of the five scenarios at this year's Historic Ghostwalk! John is very excited to be playing the part of the Abolitionist Unitarian minister Reverend Samuel Joseph May, alongside his famous niece Louisa May Alcott. Stroll among the spirits and discover a pathway into the past through the picturesque “old section” of Oakwood Cemetery. Meet some of the fascinating folks that reside there and hear their stories. www.cnyhistory.org

Tuesday July 7, 2015
"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant of Heroism
Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St. Utica NY

What would you do if the Sun was captured by a powerful Dragon, and hidden in a cave, deep beneath the sea? In this traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure, our young hero Bawshou bravely sets out to rescue the Sun with the help of a magic golden Phoenix, to meet the Dragon's three challenges. Featuring costumes, dance, and storytelling techniques of the orient, the action and mystique of the tale are highlighted by live music on authentic Chinese traditional stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, including pipa, erhu, moon lute, gong, temple bells, drum, & guzhung (ancient Chinese zither harp.) Delightfully participatory!
Fantastical Dragon Mask-making Workshops
Before the performance, children will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself! More Information and to reserve a place in the mask-making workshop: Joshua Carlson, Director of Youth Services 315-735-2279 www.uticapubliclibrary.org
Maskmaking workshop begins 9:30 AM, Performance at 11:00 AM

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Thornden Park Carriage House, Syracuse, NY
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Every year, Bells & Motley work intensively with a group of children on the music, instruments, and dance of Shakespeare's day. This year's theme: Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well." Program begins 10:00 AM. Pre-Registration required. www.syrsf.org/Kids_Doing_Shakespeare.html

Sunday August 23, 2015
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Community Musical Folk Pageant
Jordanville Public Library, 189 Main St, Jordanville NY

Music was an integral part of life for the men and women working the canal, and Sondra and John have created a true community pageant that draws in the audience as active participants. Community members will be invited to bring their own stringed instruments (or harmonica or accordions also welcome :-) and thus become part of the band, and of course all will be encouraged to sing along. The goal will be to bring together travelers and residents as collaborators in the artists' featured finale musical theatre performance - to enjoy each other's good company, talents, and maybe even participate themselves! Audiences of all ages welcome.
Workshop + Performance Suite as follows:
2:00 "Music, Instruments, and Culture Along the Historic Erie Canal" The event opens with a Canal-Era Show & Tell musical presentation by artists
3:00 Get A Cue! Audience Sing-along, Play-Along Party - rehearsal of music for the finale performance
4:00 "15 Miles on the Erie Canal" Finale Participatory Musical Pageant Performance
For more Information, advance music printouts, and to claim a place in the band: Laurie Crockett, Director 315-858-2874 www.midyorklib.org/jordanville
Note: reservations are helpful for planning, but not required! Free!

Thursday September 3, 2015
New York State Fair, Syracuse NY
Agricultural Museum

NYS Heritage instruments and music will be featured, as we pay a heartfelt musical tribute to our local history. This superb agricultural museum has always been an inspiring part of our childhood upbringing, our historic musical work, and now as adults, towards our 1830's home restoration project in Marcellus, and ever-growing heritage gardens! Come visit us, and enjoy our 2 shows - 11:00 and 2:30

Saturday & Sunday September 26 + 27, 2015
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Saugerties NY

In its 25th year, we are excited to be invited back to perform once again both days at this prime garlic marketplace & festival! It is always such a great time, with grand entertainments -and as an added bonus, John's Morris Team the Binghamton Morris Men join with the Bowerie Boys to perform rustic English dances in celebration of the harvest. Daily admission $10. hvgf.org

Saturday & Sunday October 10 + 11, 2015
Taste of the Catskills Festival, Delhi NY

This is a family friendly event that showcases the crafts, food, beer, and wine of the region. You'll be delighted by lots of great music each day, and Bells & Motley has been invited to perform music and participatory storytelling BOTH days! More information: www.tasteofthecatskills.com

Sunday December 6, 2015 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Christmas Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site that Bells & Motley have called our Christmas home since 1986! It's an open house event, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era. Our historic holiday music fills the corridors and chambers of this fine estate, decorated to the nines, each year with a different theme. We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare.... $5 for adults, $2 kids under 12. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Saturday December 19, 2015 2:00-3:00
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Concert
Onondaga Hill Free Library, Syracuse NY

Come join in this celebration of the warmest and richest traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas!! Our program will knit together the young, old, shy & bold, and all manner of historic musical instruments in the perfect setting to please the eye, ear, and heart. Harp, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, button accordeon, and all manner of historic bowed and plucked instruments, some built by John Bromka himself. Refreshments follow the concert. Don't miss this delightful spirit of Christmas camaraderie at its best!
Location: 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Onondaga Hill
For information: 315-492-1727, www.oflibrary.org



WINTER INTO SPRING 2015 = ARTS-IN-EDUCATION SEASON!

Like the blooming of the flowers, Bells & Motley's School Performance and Residency season comes into full swing. School-artist collaborations, interdisciplinary arts residencies, and musical storytelling performances on various themes for all grade levels.

Sunday January 4, 2015   10:00 am start
Bells & Motley Music at Sunday Service for Epiphany
St. David's Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive DeWitt NY
The music for the season of Epiphany is truly our most favorite of all the year! Come join us in our own home church as we animate the service with music from prelude to postlude, and everything in between. Celtic Harp, Hammered Dulcimer, Northumbrian Bagpipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Cittern, more...   All are very welcome! www.stdavidscny.org

Saturday January 24, 2015   6:00-9:00 pm
Our Annual Robbie Burns Birthday Celebration Dinner
Brae Loch Inn, 5 Albany St. Cazenovia, NY

Mid-Winter Pageantry, Scottish Music and Traditions -- Our 27th Year! In this grand celebration of our Celtic musical roots, John and Sondra will be singing and playing the whole night upon the harp, northumbrian bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, and more. Highlights of the evening include the "Ode to Haggis" celebration as it is paraded in grandest style reekin' 'round the room. This is an incredibly warm and wondrous evening of music, traditions, and pageantry- the kind of stuff we've been made of all these years! For extra fun, begin your evening with a cocktail and music in front of the fireplace starting at 6:00. www.braelochinn.com/special-events/burns-night
Start an annual mid-winter tradition of Scottish music and pageantry with Bells & Motley ~ Look for us again at Brae Loch's Burns Night on Saturday January 23rd, 2016

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2014 PERFORMANCES

Saturday January 25, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm
Our Annual Robbie Burns Scottish Celebration Dinner at the Brae Loch, Cazenovia, NY

In this grand celebration of our Celtic musical roots, John and I'll be singing and playing the whole night upon the harp, bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, and more. Highlights of the evening include the celebration of the haggis as it is paraded in grandest style reekin' 'round the room. This is an incredibly warm and wondrous evening of music, tradition, and pageantry- the kind of stuff we've been made of all these years! And this year John and I celebrate our 26th year with the Brae Loch! Cocktails at 6:00, 7 Course Traditional Scottish Meal at 7:00. In addition to ourselves, entertainment includes even more bagpipers, traditional Scottish dancers, a dramatic Robbie Burns Poetry Reading, and in the Brae Loch tradition, a 7-Course Scottish Feast beyond your imagination! (Just thinking about it makes me swoon in anticipation.) More information, Reservations, or to go all out and book a room for the night: 315-655-3431 www.braelochinn.com/special-events/burns-night

Friday January 31, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm
SUNY ESF Renaissance Arts Revels Event, Syracuse, NY

Performing music and teaching historic dances at a special gathering for ESF Students!


WINTER INTO SPRING = ARTS-IN-EDUCATION SEASON!

Like the blooming of the flowers, Bells & Motley's School Performance and Residency season comes into full swing. School-artist collaborations, interdisciplinary arts residencies, and musical storytelling performances on various themes for all grade levels. If you would like to preview one of our programs in your area, please inquire.


SUMMER-FALL 2014

Monday June 16, 2014 11:30-1:00
Town of Clay - Celebrate All That is French!

Bells & Motley perform traditional music on instruments from the French provinces, and teach their favorite French dances, in honor of language class participants. Outdoors on the green at the Clay Town Hall, 4401 Route 31, Clay NY. The program is free to the public, but the lunch is catered, and requires advance payment to partake. Contact us for more information!

Tuesday July 8, 2014
Thornden Park Carriage House, Syracuse, NY
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Every year, Bells & Motley work intensively with a group of children on the music, instruments, and dance of Shakespeare's day. This year's theme: Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Registration required.

Tuesday July 15 2014, 7:00 pm
East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush NY
"The Boy Who Went to Visit the North WInd" + "Who Has Heard the Wind" Double Program!

Sondra and John bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to long ago and far away with the telling of the traditional tale The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance, underscored with live music on the Celtic harp, with abundant and engaging participation well suited to audiences of all ages. The tale will be ushered in with an interactive early music mini-concert Who Has Heard the Wind, featuring rare and wondrous historic wind instruments. Enjoyed by young and old!
10 Community Way, East Greenbush 518-477-7476

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2014
All weekends beginning July 5-6, thru final weekend August 16-17

Bells & Motley's 37th year of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1977! --- Join us for our concerts at our old Applewood Stage of yore, plus a historic dance instruction session on the Shipwreck Stage for your participation. Kick up your heels! www.sterlingfaire.com

Thursday July 31 2014
MonteViola, Home of Bells & Motley
36 South Street, Marcellus NY
The American Traveling Morrice Dances!

Sondra and John invite you to gather in our backyard at noon for a very special event. We have the four morris teams known as "The American Traveling Morrice" converging at our home to dance, bestowing all good things upon our house and gardens! 40 dancers representing teams from Toronto, Boston, NY, and Binghamton Morris (which is John's own team) - all coming together to perform this ancient English dance. Immediately after, we'll be hosting a potluck lunch-on-the-lawn for friends and neighbors in conjunction with this. Bring a chair, a dish to pass, and come party like it's 1600! RSVP please, 315-673-2995 or sbromka(at)bellsandmotley.com

Wednesday August 13 2014, 7:00 pm
"From Art to Wood to Music: Sculpted Sound"
The Art of Making and Playing Historic Instruments
Worcester Free Library, NY

Lively Medieval and Renaissance music on period instruments, coupled with a luthiery display that includes musical instruments still in progress, plans, drawings, and more, to help explain the art and craft of re-creating period stringed instruments. Researched and created by John and Sondra Bromka, this guided musical tour includes music, an up-close exploration of rare instruments, and photos taken during our European journeys in search of medieval frescoes, sculptures, and paintings that show early musical instruments in the hands of angels, grotesques, and even people. Fascinating for children as well as adults. At Wieting Theater, 168 Main Street

Thursday August 28, 2014
New York State Fair, Syracuse NY
Agricultural Museum

NYS Heritage instruments and music will be featured, as we pay a heartfelt musical tribute to our local history. This superb agricultural museum has always been an inspiring part of our childhood upbringing, our historic musical work, and now as adults, towards our 1830's home restoration project in Marcellus, and expansive heritage gardens! Come visit us, and enjoy! 2 shows - 11:00 and 3:00

Friday & Saturday September 12 & 13, 2014
Church of the Resurrection, Oswego NY
Renaissance Youth Festival

A two-day multi-generational event with Period Food, Music Performance & Instrument Show-and-Tell, Costume-Making, Art History Discussion, Dance Instruction, and other historic activities! Contact Bells & Motley for more information. Free and open to the Public.

Saturday September 27, 2014 Begins 5:30
Marlboro College, Marlboro VT
Our 2nd Annual Medieval Festival

Event includes Medieval Feast, Period Music Performance and Show-and-Tell, Dance Instruction, and more, led by Bells & Motley

October 2014
NY, PA

Public and Home School performances and workshops for students; Inquire.

Monday December 1, 2014
Town of Clay Treelighting Festival, Clay NY
Splendiferous Event runs 5:00-8:00,
with our music kicking off the first hour from 5:00-6:00

Welcome in the Season of Christmas with festivities that begins with Bells & Motley's Music, followed by other diverse activities, including a Yule Mummer Play, Morris Dancing, live animal Nativity scene, Bonfire, Caroling, and much, much more! Sounds like a great kick-off to the season, doesn't it!

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Candlelight Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site open house that we have called our Christmas home since 1986! It's an open house, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era with our music filling all the corridors and chambers warmed by candlelight. Come enjoy our holiday music in an evocative historic setting. We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare.... $5 for adults, $2 kids under 12. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Thursday December 11, 2014 7:00-8:00
"An International Christmas - Musical Traditions of Long Ago and Far Away" at Salina Library, Mattydale NY

The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of holiday traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the ancient hurdy gurdy and hammered dulcimer, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and more. Library location: 100 Belmont Street, Mattydale NY. For information: 315-454-4524, Library.

Wednesday & Thursday December 17+18, 2014
Bells & Motley's "The Olden Music and Traditions of Christmas"

Holiday School Performances, Dutchess County

Wednesday December 17, 2014 ~ Starts 6:30 pm
Bells & Motley's "Welcome Yule: A Bells & Motley Musical Celebration of Early Christmas Traditions" D.R. Evarts Library, Athens NY

We are so excited to present our Yuletide Celebration in music once again in this beautiful historic village! Celebrate this most joyous season with a warm & wondrous concert of traditional Yuletide music. Sondra and John perform on all manner of historic and folk instruments, and bid you join them in bringing Christmas festivities of Old to life and revelry. Come with your family, friends, and neighbors of all ages to share the season’s best at this festive gathering! Bells & Motley's lively approach appeals to all manner of music lovers, with a special attraction for family audiences. Free admission.
Location: 80 Second Street, on the corner of Second and North Church St, Athens NY 12015 (about 5 miles north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge) . For information: 315-518-945-1417, www.drevartslibrary.org

Friday December 19, 2014 ~ Start time 1:00
Bells & Motley's "The Olden Music and Traditions of Christmas," Catskill NY

We would like to invite children, families, middling adults, and seniors for this very special and favorite event! Catskill Library sponsors our annual Bells & Motley performance "The Olden Music & Traditions of Christmas" to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and Community. We hope to bring together folks of all ages to delight together in the sounds and sights of this spectacular assortment of antique instruments from days gone by. The program will be held at the Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill NY 12414. For information: call the Senior Center 518-943-1343, or Catskill Library 518-943-4230 www.catskillpubliclibrary.org

Saturday December 20, 2014 2:00-3:00
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Concert
Onondaga Hill Free Library, Syracuse NY

Come join in this celebration of the warmest and richest traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas!! Our program will knit together the young, old, shy & bold, and all manner of historic musical instruments in the perfect setting to please the eye, ear, and heart. Harp, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, button accordeon, and all manner of historic bowed and plucked instruments, some built by John Bromka himself. Refreshments follow the concert. Don't miss this delightful spirit of Christmas camaraderie at its best!
Location: 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Onondaga Hill
For information: 315-492-1727, www.oflibrary.org

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2013 FESTIVITIES


January 9-11, 2013
Franklin Central School, Franklin NY
Artists-in-Residence

Medieval Book Arts: Teaching the arts of Medieval Illumination, book binding, and calligraphy

January 17, 2013 --> date changed to February 12, 2013
Herkimer BOCES, Herkimer NY
Artists-in-Residence, Honors Students

Medieval Humanities: Music & Instruments, Dance, Costuming, Illumination Arts

Friday January 25, 2013 Evening
Private Celebration Party


Saturday January 26, 2013 6:00-9:00 pm
Annual Robbie Burns Scottish Celebration Dinner at the Brae Loch, Cazenovia, NY

In this grand return to our Celtic roots, we'll be playing harp, bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, in celebration of the haggis as it is paraded reekin' 'round the room. It's a warm evening of music, tradition, and pageantry. This year John and I celebrate our 25th year with Robbie! For more Information, Reservations, Prices: 315-655-4844 www.braelochinn.com

February 7-8, 2013
Chinese New Year Celebration Pageant at McNamera Elementary, Baldwinsville, NY

Fantastical Dragon Mask and Ornamental Lantern-making Workshops
see descriptions for public version of program below, at Pine Hills
Call Artists if you wish to preview; we will make arrangements

Saturday February 9, 2013
Chinese New Year Celebration Pageant at Pine Hills Public Library, Albany, NY

What would you do if the Sun was captured by a powerful Dragon, and hidden in a cave, deep beneath the sea? In this traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure, the young boy Bawshou bravely sets out to rescue the Sun with the help of a magic golden Phoenix, to meet the Dragon's three challenges. Featuring costumes, dance, and storytelling techniques of the orient, the action and mystique of the tale are highlighted by the artists performing live music on authentic Chinese traditional stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, including pipa, erhu, moon lute, gong, temple bells, drum, & guzhung (ancient Chinese zither harp.)
Fantastical Dragon Mask and Ornamental Lantern-making Workshops
Before the performance, participants will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself! For more Information: Christine Havens, 518-482-7911 ext 223

Sunday March 3, 2013 10:00 AM Service, 3:00 Concert
"Celtic Celebration of Olde" Early Celtic Traditions Concert, St. David's Episcopal Church, DeWitt, NY

Come join John and Sondra on this special day as they add their musical embellishments to the church's morning worship service in celebration of Welsh Patron Saint, St. David. That same afternoon, the Bromkas continue the celebration with a special concert of music from all of the Celtic cultures - not just Wales, but other outposts of Celtic culture, including Brittany France and Galicia Spain. The Bells & Motley Celtic musical instrument collection will be very happy that day! Admission $10. St. David's Church is named for David, the 6th Century bishop of Wales, and an early promoter of Christianity. 14 Jamar Drive, just off Maple Drive, between Genesee Street and Woodchuck Hill Road in DeWitt NY. For information: 315-446-2112 www.stdavidscny.org

Saturday March 9, 2013 begins 7:30 pm
"Celtic Muse & Minstrelsy" Robinson Memorial Concert Series, Westvale, NY

Celtic harp, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, button boxes, fiddle, and more! Bells & Motley Celtic Consort offer a special concert of early and medieval Gaelic and Celtic music. These have always been the lands of poets and fervid musical participations, especially in those mythic days of the early middle ages. How did all this music and poetry come to be? And how does it relate to other medieval musical and poetic traditions? Our plan is to draw together these lines of inquiry through myth and manuscript, fact, fiction, and musical storytelling. The concert will span 500 years of early music history and traditions, including a setting by John of that famous Scottish balled of poetic initiation, “Thomas Rhymer and the Queen of Elfland." Tickets are $14 at the door, $12 advance. And thank you, in advance, for supporting our local concert series!
126 South Terry Road, Syracuse NY 13219
Information and advance tickets: 315-468-2509 www.robinsonmem.org

March through June
Arts-in-Education Performances, Workshops, Integrated Humanities Residencies

While our school performances are generally closed to the public, if you would like to preview a school performance, give a call at 315-673-2995 and we'll see what we can arrange.

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2013
All weekends beginning July 6-7, thru final weekend August 17-18

Bells & Motley's 36th year of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1977! --- Join us for our concerts at our old Applewood Stage of yore, plus a historic dance instruction session for your participation. Kick up your heels! www.sterlingfaire.com

Tuesday July 9, 2013
Thornden Park Carriage House, Syracuse, NY
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Every year, Bells & Motley work intensively with a group of children on the music, instruments, and dance of Shakespeare's day. This year's theme: Shakespeare's "Winter's Tale." Registration required.

Tuesday July 16, 2013 10-11 am
Franklin Library, Franklin NY
"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant

What would you do if the Sun was captured by a powerful Dragon, and hidden in a cave, deep beneath the sea? In this traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure, the young boy Bawshou bravely sets out to rescue the Sun with the help of a magic golden Phoenix, to meet the Dragon's three challenges. Featuring costumes, dance, and storytelling techniques of the orient, the action and mystique of the tale are highlighted by live music on authentic Chinese traditional stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, including pipa, erhu, moon lute, gong, temple bells, drum, & guzhung (ancient Chinese zither harp.)

Tuesday July 16, 2013
Cobleskill Community Library, Cobleskill NY
"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant

(See "Bawshou" performance description above, Franklin Library)
Fantastical Dragon Mask and Ornamental Lantern-making Workshops
Before the performance, participants will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself! More Information and to reserve a place in the workshop: Devon Hedges, Director 518-234-7897 www.comlibrary.org
Maskmaking workshop begins 3:00, Performance at 4:00

Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30 pm
Northern Onondaga Public Library
8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero, NY
"Olden Music Splendor, From Bards to Bagpipes" Family Concert

Enjoy traditional Medieval, Renaissance and Early American music performed on the group's stunning collection of historic instruments, many built by the Bromkas themselves. Their performance will engage audiences of all ages and ignite a love of history, arts and traditions. Medieval bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, harp, and other early instruments will be featured in this spirited performance of the music of Medieval troubadours, Celtic bards, Village pipers, American dreamers, and more.

Monday-Friday Weekdays of July:
ENLIGHTEN - Creative Arts Summer Camp with Bells & Motley
CNY Center for the Arts
14 Jamar Drive, Fayetteville, NY
Theme 1, Weeks One and Two - July 8-12 and July 15-19
Theme 2, Weeks Three and Four - July 22-26 and July 29-August 2

Our campers will enjoy learning about different cultures, their history, and various forms of artistic expression around the world and across time, by participating in historic musical storytelling with Bells & Motley. In each week-long session we will learn the story and its background, and according to program, make costumes, masks, props, and sing and experiment with story-appropriate musical instruments. Each program will conclude with a Friday afternoon performance pageant of storytelling, music, and dance.
Theme 1: “Bawshou & The Dragon” Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant
Exploring Chinese Cultural Traditions through story, symbolism, song, instruments, movement, and stillness.
Theme 2: ““Chanticleer’s Tale” Pageant Medieval Festival
Drama, Music, Dance, & Art combine in a historical "Theater in the Round" experience
Recommended Ages: 6-12
Program Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
Program Fee: $250 per week - pre-registration required Late pick-up at 4:30 (optional, additional fee of $40 per week) For more information and registration, call 315-256-8528 www.enlightencny.com/summer-camp.html



Tuesday August 6, 2013 2:00 Maskmaking; Performance to follow
Pine Hills Public Library, Albany, NY

"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant
What would you do if the Sun was captured by a powerful Dragon, and hidden in a cave, deep beneath the sea? In this traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure, the young boy Bawshou bravely sets out to rescue the Sun with the help of a magic golden Phoenix, to meet the Dragon's three challenges. Featuring costumes, dance, and storytelling techniques of the orient, the action and mystique of the tale are highlighted by live music on authentic Chinese traditional stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, including pipa, erhu, moon lute, gong, temple bells, drum, & guzhung (ancient Chinese zither harp.)
Fantastical Dragon Maskmaking Workshop
Before the performance, participants will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself!
For more Information: Christine Havens, 518-482-7911 ext 223

Tuesday August 13, 2013
Weedsport Public Library, Weedsport, NY 7:00 PM
"The Ant & the Grasshopper"

Bells & Motley's performance piece is a highly participatory musical storytelling version of this classic fable. As we weave the tale of Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, imagine Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" introducing each episode played on harp, nyckelharpa, winds, and tromba marina (think 6 ft. tall ancient bowed dulcimer carved like a unicorn by its maker, John). The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles, percussion, and dancing. We predict you will especially enjoy our twist on the story's moral. All ages will love this performance! Showtime begins 7:00 pm. Outdoors at Weedsport Gazebo, Weedsport NY 315-834-6222 www.weedsportlibrary.org

Friday August 16, 2013
Guernsey Library, Norwich, NY

"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant

(See "Bawshou" performance description above)
Fantastical Dragon Maskmaking Workshop 2:00, Performance to follow
Before the performance, participants will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself!
For more Information: Kim Hazen, Children's Librarian 607-334-4034

Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:00 Maskmaking; 2:30 Performance
Whitesville Library, Whitesville, NY

"Bawshou & The Dragon" Traditional Chinese Folk Pageant
(See "Bawshou" performance description above)
Fantastical Dragon Maskmaking Workshop
Before the performance, participants will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself!
For more Information: Karen Smith, Director 607-356-3645

Thursday August 29, 2013
New York State Fair, Syracuse NY
Agricultural Museum

Bells & Motley will include their early NYS Heritage instruments in this performance, and pay a heartfelt musical tribute to this wonderful museum which has been an important part of their childhood upbringing, and an inspiration for their work in Olden Music, in their 1830's home restoration, and in their gardens! Come visit us!

Rome Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 2013
Saturday & Sunday September 7 + 8

Bells & Motley perform 3 shows both days at this event sponsored by the Rome Art and Community Center, located at 308 West Bloomfield Street, Rome NY. Faire hours 10am-5pm both days. Tickets $12 Adult, $10 Senior, $8 Child. Discounts will be available on website: www.romeart.org

Thursday October 10, 2013 6:30 PM
Oxford Memorial Library, 8 Fort Hill Park, Oxford NY
"Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal" Folk Operetta

A participatory Folk Operetta of New York's Grand Erie Canal featuring authentic historic instruments, music, costumes, tall tales, sing-alongs, and characters for an unforgettable experience in New York State's History. Heritage instruments include squeezeboxes, fiddle, banjo, and hurdy gurdy. For more information, Nancy Wilcox, Director 607-843-6146

Sunday October 27, 2013 Begins 5:30
Marlboro College, Marlboro VT
Medieval Festival

Medieval Event includes Feasting, Period Music and Dancing led by Bells & Motley

Saturday November 2, 2013 7:00-8:30
Inspiration Cafe, St. Paul's Parish Center, Rome NY
"The Music of Medieval Visions and Miracles"

A concert of historic sacred music presented by John and Sondra Bromka, Bells and Motley Consort of Olden Music. Accompanying themselves on celtic harp, hurdy gurdy, medieval fiddles, bagpipes, lutes, and more, Sondra and John propose a joyous program of early music that crosses intriguingly between the sacred and secular, to enter the "early folk" realm. The music will include selections from the "Cantigas de Santa Maria" of 12th century Spain, medieval drinking songs adopted for sacred use (and visa versa), and ceremonial music from Celtic traditions, delivered in the Bromka's rare mix of reverence, humor, and high energy. St Paul's Roman Catholic Parish Center, 1807 Bedford St. Rome NY. Free will donation.

Monday December 2, 2013 5:15-6:00
Town of Clay Treelighting, Clay NY

Welcome in the Season of Christmas with festivities that include Bells & Motley's Music, along with other diverse activities at the Clay Town Hall
For information: 652-3800 ext. 137

Thursday December 5, 2013 6:30-8:00
"Welcome Yule" Concert of Historic Christmas Music
Marcellus Free Library, Marcellus NY

Instrumentation for this concert will include historic Celtic harp, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, button accordeon, hammered dulcimer, assorted early winds, and will begin with a festive outdoor bagpipe fanfare regale to signal its start. Our concert is part of the village's annual holiday Starlight Tree Lighting event, which includes all manner of activities, including free horse drawn carriage rides and tours of the historic Steadman House. Bells & Motley and Marcellus Library are grateful for sponsorship by CNY Arts Council.

Friday December 6, 2013 6:00-8:00
St. Nicholas Gathering & Potluck at St. John's Episcopal Church, Marcellus NY

John Bromka will be appearing as St. Nicholas, the legendary 4th Century Bishop of Myra, in our own home village of Marcellus. St. John's welcomes you to join them for a time of fellowship and merriment as they recall the life of St. Nicholas. The evening opens with a potluck supper at 6:00 pm in the community room. St. Nicholas will appear at 7 pm in the sanctuary, telling stories as an interactive "trunk show" with participation by children and other volunteers. Children of all ages are encouraged to set aside this time and join as we remember the Bishop of Myra and the legend that has grown out of his ministry in the early church. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table setting. The church is located at the corner of Maple and Orange Streets.
For information: John Bromka, 315-567-5697; St John's 315-673-2500 or 673-5763

Sunday December 8, 2013 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Candlelight Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site open house that we have called our Christmas home since 1986! It's an open house, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era with our music filling all the corridors and chambers warmed by candlelight. Come enjoy our holiday music in an evocative historic setting. We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare.... $5 for adults, $2 children 12 and under. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Sunday December 29, 2013 10:00
St. David's Episcopal Church, DeWitt NY

We are privileged to perform sacred music for the Christmas season at this wonderful worship service. Location: 14 Jamar Drive (traveling East on Genesee St, turn right on Maple (across from Wegmans Dewitt), then right on Jamar. Signs will point the way at each turn. See www.stdavidscny.org


2012 FESTIVITIES


Bells & Motley at Cortland's 1890 House

JANUARY-MARCH 2012
Home at MonteViola Manse, Marcellus NY

Artists' Retreat! Planning, writing, rehearsals, the creation of new works, with a special focus on composing original musical settings for Shakespeare's Sonnets.

Sunday January 8, 2012 9:20 AM
Marcellus Methodist Church, Marcellus, NY

John and Sondra add sacred musical embellishments to the service in celebration of Epiphany

Saturday January 22, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm
Annual Robbie Burns Scottish Celebration Dinner at the Brae Loch, Cazenovia, NY

In this grand return to our Celtic roots, we'll be playing harp, bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, bodhran, in celebration of the haggis as it is paraded reekin' 'round the room. It's a warm evening of music, tradition, and pageantry. For more Information, Reservations, Prices: 315-655-4844 www.braelochinn.com

March 19-30, 2012
Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield PA
Medieval Artists-in-Residence

Interdisciplinary Music, Dance, Fine Arts, and Theater for the entire school, running two weeks, with a daily project for 4th graders: our original "Canterbury Tales Script" for a grande finale musical theater performance.

APRIL-MAY-JUNE 2012

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays April 13-22, 2012
SU Warehouse Theater, Syracuse, NY
"Love vs. Time" - Shakespeare's Sonnets

Bells & Motley are the featured musicians at this exciting new show, conceived and directed by longtime collaborator, Ronnie Bell of Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. 28 of Shakespeare's sonnets interpreted in a timeless fashion, through the arts of music, dance, theatre, choral reading, dramatic presentation, film, photography, video, poetry and more. Two narrators advocate their positions to the audience throughout the show, and the audience will be asked to decide the question, "What's the most important force in your life, love or time?" In addition to their "incidental music" throughout the show on assorted Renaissance instruments, John and Sondra will debut original musical compositions for their favorite sonnets.

April 3-4, 2012
Voorheesville Middle School, Voorheesville NY
Medieval Artists-in-Residence

Since 1992, our Annual Interdisciplinary Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Art History, and Theater Project for all 6th graders, with a culminating Medieval Feast and Festival of Dance!

April 17-19, 2012
Watkins Glen Middle School, Watkins Glen NY
Renaissance Artists-in-Residence

Since 2003, our Annual Interdisciplinary Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Art History, and Theater Arts Project, focusing on building 9th Grade students' interactive theater skills for the culminating school Renaissance Faire!

April 30-May 11, 2012
Milton Middle School, Milton PA
Medieval Artists-in-Residence

Since 2004, our Annual Interdisciplinary Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Art History, and Theater Arts Project, with a culminating Medieval Festival! This 2-week integrated core curriculum program also featured a student performance of "Chanticleer's Tale" from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and scripted by the artists for a theater experience "in the round."

May 6, 2012
LeMoyne College, Syracuse NY
Medieval Roundtable Event

Bells & Motley continue their ongoing teaching relationship with this fine college, in a day of period dance and music instruction for students out On the Green.

May 28-30, 2012
Elisabeth Morrow School, Englewood NJ
Medieval Artists-in-Residence

Since 1998, our Annual Interdisciplinary Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Art History, and Theater Arts Project, with a resplendent culminating Medieval Feast and Activities Day!

And for a change of pace, we begin another thread of music, instruments, culture, storytelling, and pageantry...Chinese!

May 22-24, June 4-8, 2012 "Bawshou & the Water Dragon" Chinese Pageant School Interdisciplinary Residencies
3rd Graders in Milford and Worcester Elementary Schools, NYS

What would you do if the Sun was captured by a powerful Dragon, and hidden in a cave, deep beneath the sea? In this traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure, the young boy Bawshou bravely sets out to rescue the Sun with the help of a magic golden Phoenix, to meet the Dragon's three challenges. Featuring costumes, dance, and storytelling techniques of the orient, the action and mystique of the tale are highlighted by live music on authentic Chinese traditional stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, including pipa, erhu, moon lute, gong, temple bells, drum, & guzhung (ancient Chinese zither harp.)
Fantastical Dragon Mask and Ornamental Lantern-making Workshops
Before the performance, students will learn about different types of historic dragons, and create masks of their own to wear in the "Bawshou" Pageant. Other exciting roles to be played in that performance include Star Dancers! Lantern Dancers! River Shakers! ceremonial Gong Sounders! And of course, the sinuous Dragon itself!

NOTE: School performances are not open to the public, but please inquire if you would like to preview.


SUMMER-FALL 2012

Sterling Renaissance Festival 2012
All weekends beginning July 7-8, thru final weekend August 18-19

Bells & Motley's 35th year of performance since this wonderful Faire's inception in 1977! --- Join us for our concerts at our old Applewood Stage, plus a historic dance instruction session for your participation. Kick up your heels! www.sterlingfaire.com


July 12, 2012
Thornden Park Carriage House, Syracuse, NY
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Every year, Sondra and John work intensively with a group of children on the music, instruments, and dance, with a focus on a Shakespearean play. This year's theme: A Midsummer Night's Dream."


Thursdays & Fridays August 9, 10, 16, 17, 2012
Thornden Park Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
"Shakespeare in the Park"

John performs music to accompany "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Performance starts 5:30 pm.


Friday August 24, 2012
Penn Yan Public Library, Penn Yan, NY
"The Ant & the Grasshopper"

Bells & Motley's performance piece is a highly participatory musical storytelling version of this classic fable. As we weave the tale of Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, imagine Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" introducing each episode played on harp, nyckelharpa, winds, and tromba marina (think 6 ft. tall ancient bowed dulcimer carved like a unicorn by its maker, John). The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles, percussion, and dancing. We predict you will especially enjoy our twist on the story's moral. All ages will love this performance! Showtime begins 6:00 pm. 214 Main St, Penn Yan NY 315-536-6114 www.pypl.org.org

Rome Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 2012
Saturday & Sunday August 25-26

Bells & Motley perform 3 shows both days at this event sponsored by the Rome Art and Community Center, located at 308 West Bloomfield Street, Rome NY. Faire hours 10am-5pm both days. Tickets $12 Adult, $10 Senior, $8 Child. Discounts available on website til August 22: www.romeart.org

September 1, 2, and 22, 2012
Private Wedding Performances and Anniversary Celebrations


Mohawk Valley Community College
September 30, 2012

Special Medieval Renaissance Music & Instruments presentations

CHRISTMAS 2012
Here's our calendar of festivities!


Monday December 3, 2012 5:00-6:00
Town of Clay Treelighting, Clay NY

Bells & Motley Music along with other diverse activities at the Clay Town Hall
For information: 652-3800 ext. 137

Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:00-8:00
St. Nicholas Gathering & Potluck at St. John's Episcopal Church, Marcellus NY

John Bromka will be appearing as St. Nicholas, the legendary 4th Century Bishop of Myra, in our own home village of Marcellus. St. John's welcomes you to join them for a time of fellowship and merriment as they recall the life of St. Nicholas. The evening opens with a potluck supper at 6:00 pm in the community room. St. Nicholas will appear at 7 pm in the sanctuary, telling stories as an interactive "trunk show" with participation by children and other volunteers. Children of all ages are encouraged to set aside this time and join as we remember the Bishop of Myra and the legend that has grown out of his ministry in the early church. Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table setting. The church is located at the corner of Maple and Orange Streets.
For information: John Bromka, 315-567-5697; St John's 315-673-2500 or 673-5763

Saturday December 8, 2012 2:00-9:00,
Bells & Motley "Revels of Christmas Past" Concert from 4:00-6:00
Kellish Hill Music Farm, Manlius NY

Come join us at this wonderful farm to celebrate the warmest and richest traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas!! Our program will knit together the young, old, shy & bold, and all manner of historic musical instruments in the perfect setting to please the eye, ear, and heart. Harp, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, button accordeon, and all manner of historic bowed and plucked instruments built by John Bromka himself.
Before and after our featured concert (we take the stage from 4:00-6:00) there will be an open microphone signup starting at 2:00, plus you are invited to enjoy a potluck supper of turkey/ham/mashed potatoes at 6:00, and then continue with open mic. Don't miss this delightful spirit of Christmas camaraderie at its best! Location: Only 20 minutes from downtown Syracuse- 4.2 miles from Route 92 in Manlius or .5 mile North of Route 20 at 3192 Pompey Center Road. Look for the big yellow wheels out front. Cost is $10.00
For information: 315-682-1578. www.kellishhillfarm.com

Sunday December 9, 2012 1:00-4:00
Lorenzo State Historic Site Candlelight Open House, Cazenovia NY

Here's the beloved local historic site open house that we have called our Christmas home since 1986! It's an open house, and a lovely chance to experience the magic of another era with our music filling all the corridors and chambers warmed by candlelight. Come enjoy our holiday music in an evocative historic setting. We promise to transport you to a time and place most rare.... $4 for adults, $1 kids under 12. Location: 17 Rippleton Road, Route 13. For information: 315-655-3200, www.lorenzony.org

Monday December 10, 2012 1:00-2:00
Bells & Motley's "The Olden Music and Traditions of Christmas," Catskill NY

For children, families, and seniors, Catskill Library has sponsored this special performance "The Olden Music & Traditions of Christmas" to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and Community. We hope to bring together folks of all ages to delight in the sounds and sights of this spectacular assortment of antique instruments from days gone by. The program will be held at the Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill NY 12414. For information: call the Senior Center 518-943-1343, or Catskill Library 518-943-4230 www.catskillpubliclibrary.org

Monday December 10, 2012 6:30-8:30
"Wassail! Wassail! Bells & Motley Yuletide Music Celebration" at D.R. Evarts Library, Athens NY

We are so excited to present our Yuletide Celebration in music in this beautiful historic village! See Wassail! concert description below, at Kinderhook Memorial Library.
Location: 80 Second Street, on the corner of Second and North Church St, Athens NY 12015 (about 5 miles north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge) . For information: 315-518-945-1417, www.drevartslibrary.org

Friday December 14, 2012 6:30-8:30
"Wassail! Wassail! Bells & Motley Yuletide Music Celebration" at Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook NY

Candlelight Night at the Library with Bells and Motley Consort Music and customs of a traditional Christmas in Dickens’ time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for “a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.” Bells and Motley will feature wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to “pipe your bounds” to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season’s mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations—further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season. Location: 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook NY. For information: 518-758-6192.

Saturday December 15, 2012 12:30-3:00
Sint Niklaas Belgian Christmas Celebration, Ommegang Brewery Cooperstown NY
and Motley John's birthday! a double celebration!

Imagine celebrating Christmas the Olde-World way, with Sint Niklaas, his side-kick Black Peter, and traditional holiday music, instruments, and traditions as you'd have enjoyed them in old Flanders. As you listen, you can also try some of the most finely crafted beer this side of Belgium. You might want to check the Ommegang website for details, to read about all that's happening, and get directions: www.ommegang.com. Or call: (607) 544-1800

Friday, December 21, 2012 Noon-3:00
Corporate Celebration Party


Saturday December 22, 2012 1:00-2:00
"Bells & Motley Celtic Christmas" at Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning NY

Let us take you through musical history with Music for the 12 Days of Christmas-Celtic Christmas and music for Mid-Winter celebrations. Through the centuries, these celebrations have been 12-day flurries of spirited songs, mythical airs, quaint traditions and mirthful customs and stories. We will recreate that spirited feeling as we play a diverse array of Celtic instruments: harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, button accordian, Irish Cittern, bodhran and guitar. Library location: 300 Nasser Civic Plaza, Suite 101, Corning NY. For information: 518-766-3211, Library.

Sunday December 23, 2012 9:20 AM
Marcellus Methodist Church, Marcellus, NY

Come join John and Sondra as they add sacred musical embellishments to what has become an annual worship service in celebration of Christmas, located in their own village at 1 Slocombe Ave, Marcellus NY. For information: 315-673-3239.

Friday, December 28, 2012 6:00-9:00
Private Celebration Party


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Please contact us for information about our availability, possible grants and supplemental funding deadlines, program catalogs and custom project ideas for school performance and residency proposals. We are rostered artists throughout NYS regional BOCES programs, as well as with Pennsylvania State Arts Council, and eligible for funding for public and private school programs. Funding deadlines apply, so get in touch now! ~ Sondra and John

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"ONE WORLD, MANY INSTRUMENTS"
Multicultural Folk Music Traditions

A concert that includes another part of our repertoire...While familiar to most audiences for our work with Renaissance and Medieval music, we have a long history of explorations and experimentations with many forms of world music. We play some truly exotic instruments, too. Expect to see our customary hurdy gurdy, dulcimer, bagpipes, and Celtic Harp augmented for this concert with Chinese Harp (guzheng) and fiddle (erhu), Turkish lutes (oud and baglama) Mideastern zither (kanun), and a raft of percussion.
Then, after taking you around the world on flights of musical sound, we'll "bring it all home" again to demonstrate many surprising cross-cultural influences with some good ol' New York State and American heritage music. This multicultural musical journey is a beguiling treat for families and folks of all ages.

"DIGGING FOR DRAGONS!"
"Bawshou & the Dragon" StoryTheater

Summer Reading Program Library Performances



Bells & Motley American Folk Pageant
"15 Miles on the Erie Canal"




Bells & Motley, recounting the
Tale of Tristan & Iseult with harp and nyckelharpa
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire



PERFORMANCE ARCHIVES
MILESTONES, MIRACLES, & GLORIOUS MUSIC!
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Quadricentennial Celebration Year:
The French & the Dutch Arrive in North America!

This was a very special year when it all happened at once for us. Our many years of musicological and cultural history research in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands came to great use as we celebrated Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson's arrival on our shores, changing the cultural future of North America in no small way. Begin by clicking over to our Quadricentennial Celebration Page. In celebration of this auspicious year, we are also offering a most special quadricentennial version of our "From Art to Wood to Music: Sculpted Sound" program, highlighting early Dutch and French instrument iconography.

Celebrating the Birth of Opera!
Monteverdi's "Orfeo" was published in 1609. This being our own personal favorite, we were inspired in no small way to re-construct that rarest of period stringed instruments, a tromba marina (a "marine trumpet"). And also, a children's operetta to put it to use, "The Ant and the Grasshopper." All wonderfully entertaining and magical!

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